What To Expect When You Visit Riverside

We would like to take a moment and welcome you. We are the only privately-run business left operating inside the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is definitely a story in itself. We are a small family-run business that strives to provide family fun and lasting memories, by renting various watercraft for a fun-filled day on the Platte River. We truly feel this is a magical place. We know you will not be disappointed. We would love for you to be the next family that begins a new tradition of an annual float down the Platte River.

What's Included in your standard trip?

  • Rental item (Canoe, Kayak, Tube, etc)
  • One life saving device per person
  • Shuttle service.

We offer multiple services in relation to beach equipment pick-up, additional rental items and additional time on the river. If these interest you, please inquire when you register at Riverside, or call. We're more than happy to answer any questions.

Please expect approximately 30 minutes from your arrival until your departure on the river. This time is used for an informational talk and the shuttling of your vehicles.

Parking at Riverside

Riverside, at times, can be a very busy place. This is especially true during holidays and weekends in July/August. Parking can be very limited. To help alleviate this, we ask that all vehicles get shuttled to the rivers end at Lake Michigan. This shuttle is included with your Riverside rental so that your vehicle is waiting for you at the conclusion of your trip.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Riverside Canoes is located inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a government-controlled park that requires a pass ($20 weekly or $40 annual) for anywhere within it's borders. This pass allows you access to all areas within the park including its parking lots (including roadside parking when lots are full). The park, unfortunately, does not offer daily passes. This is not a Riverside fee, nor is it a Riverside parking pass. It is a user fee associated with utilizing the park and its' attractions.  As a courtesy to our guests, the park service has granted us permission to sell park passes on their behalf. If you do already have one, please remember to bring it.